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Trinity Co. Law Enforcement shuts down alleged drug house
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On Wednesday, July 5 Trinity County law enforcement shut down another location where methamphetamine was manufactured and sold. Around midmorning on Wednesday, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, Deputy Wheeler, Deputy Alexander, Constable and Mark Cole, and Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones raided a residence in Lakewood Subdivision where they discovered meth, packaging materials, scales, and drug recipes, in addition to directions for manufacturing meth inside a safe hidden in the ceiling. They also found goods believed to be stolen and/or used in drug trade. David Shelby and Jennifer Hales were arrested at the location for Manufacturing/ Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Sheriff Wallace said law enforcement has been watching the drug house, 488 Lakewood Drive, for a while, and that they sent the owner of the property a notice about the illegal activity. "We had actually sent the owner of the property, which is [Shelby's] mother, a notification a couple weeks ago that if [Shelby] continued to sell drugs there, we were going to seize that property," Wallace said. "And they still didn't heed the warning. And he was arrested the week before that on a traffic stop." Shelby was arrested in 2015 for third-degree felony theft, once in March 2017 for Driving While License Invalid, and once in June 2017 for Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions, and thirddegree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. Wallace said the best way to get rid of drug dealers is to seize their property. "Every drug dealer we go to – we're going to do everything we can to seize the property," Wallace commented. "That's going to be the only way to get rid of these people. Seize the property and sell the property to good people who aren't in the drug business and the theft business. That's the key to turning everything around in this county." Wallace has made several drug busts this year and plans to continue. "Everything is going really good," Wallace said. "We're focusing on the drug problem real hard, and there's about to be a whole lot more arrests made because we have warrants for those who have been selling drugs… they can expect us to come soon." If you have information regarding illegal drug activity in Trinity County, call the Sheriff's office at (936)-642-1424, or leave an anonymous tip with Trinity County Crime Stoppers at (936)-639-8477.


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